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Wal-Mart: is small really beautiful?

The Financial Times today reports that Wal-Mart is to open small-format, 20,000 square feet grocery stores under the name "Marketside" to compete with Tesco's Fresh & Easy stores. With slowing domestic growth and plans to open fewer Supercenters, the development of a smaller format is a critical step that will allow Wal-Mart to tap into lucrative local markets which it has so far ignored.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jan 2008
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Wal-Mart: German retreat not the end of international expansion

US-based Wal-Mart's decision to sell its 85 German stores after eight years in the country follows the retailer's withdrawal from South Korea in May. Having made two retreats in three months, Wal-Mart now needs to convince investors that it can operate effectively outside North America.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jul 2006
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Wal-Mart: exiting South Korea

Wal-Mart has announced the sale of its South Korean business to Shinsegae for around $882 million, in a move reflective of recent developments as global retailers have struggled to impact upon this difficult Asian market. Wal-Mart's withdrawal from the region also signals that joint ventures are perhaps a better option for those looking to invest in certain Asian markets, as illustrated by Tesco.

Published By Datamonitor
23 May 2006
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Wal-Mart: excuses, excuses, excuses

US discount store Wal-Mart blamed high fuel prices for its 1.2% increase in sales for June, despite rival Target achieving a 4.8% increase during the same month. If Wal-Mart wants to increase sales it will need to invest in improving store environments and customer service to attract more affluent customers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jul 2006
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Wal-Mart: dancing to its own tune

Wal-Mart [WMT] has entered the online music market and is using its already proven strategy of undercutting its rivals on price to win sales. However, Wal-Mart's commitment to the online music market, where margins are low, is questionable. The main reason for the venture could be to attract new customers to its online store in the hope of selling them other goods.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2004
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Wal-Mart: bigger and cheaper

The world's largest retailer wants to grow larger still, to increase sales and maintain earnings. However, in the process it is also driving resentment and hostility among a multitude of groups. Manufacturers, retailers, unions and even governments are all forced to bend to the will of price driven Wal-Mart [WMT] and, for now, most have little choice.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Oct 2003
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Wal-Mart: beating rivals with Sam's Club

Undeterred by the current economic climate, Wal-Mart is confident that its Supercenters will become the leading one-stop-shop for rural America. In addition, the company's Sam's Clubs and discount stores are set to proliferate, servicing the budget-conscious. Retailers that stand in the way of this grand plan must counter-attack - or risk being run out of town.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Oct 2002
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Wal-Mart: aspiring to attract new customers

Wal-Mart has reported that its US sales at stores open at least a year rose just 2.3% in May as rising petrol prices began hitting disposable incomes. Wal-Mart is introducing more aspirational products to attract new middle-market customers, but success will depend on whether the retailer can shed its down-market image.

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2006
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Wal-Mart: alternative marketing could aid damage limitation

Wal-Mart [WMT] has asked for the recent ruling by the Federal District Court in San Francisco to be overturned. The ruling granted class action status to a sex discrimination suit against the company, paving the way for the largest such case in US history. Wal-Mart must now look for ways to leverage its family-friendly image in the face of negative publicity.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jul 2004
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Vlasic: ends sale to Heinz

Published By Datamonitor
05 Apr 2001

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